Pentagon Can't Wait Until The Ice Is Out Of The Way
"Why polar warfare? Well, some decades ago, people thought space and space warfare would be the final frontier. They may still be right, but it turns out that thanks to global warming and melting ice, the polar regions may figure into future conflict as well. This absolutely fascinating report, "Naval Operations in an Ice Free Arctic," gives an idea of what the military is thinking.
Future scenarios include situations like this: "Environmental terrorists seize a research station in the Svalbard Archipelago being used by a U.S. based multi-national corporation for mineral and oil exploration in the Arctic. The terrorists have been using explosives to destroy equipment at the station, and are threatening personnel if the corporation does not cease all activities in the Arctic Ocean."
Environmental terrorists? Suure. The fascists want total control of all oil reserves and need to constantly enlarge the military to be able to take them. Aircraft carriers sent around the world to sieze the resources and expand the empire don't run on solar energy.
Of course, some countries might have a few ideas of their own.